LAWSON, Mo. — A 17-year-old boy from Liberty, Missouri is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Ray County over the weekend.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Atkins Road, about a half-mile north of Route C, just east of Lawson, Missouri.
The highway patrol said the teen was driving a 2002 Ford truck when he crested a hill, lost control of the vehicle and began to skid. The vehicle went off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree before coming to a stop.
The 17-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released by MSHP because he is a minor.
A 15-year-old male passenger, from Lawson, was taken by life-flight to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City with serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Lawson school district released the following statement on Saturday. “We are saddened by the tragedy involving 2 of our Lawson High School students last night. We will have counselors in the building to assist our students and staff through the grieving process as we return to school on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved.”